Books on Music
How the Victorians joined the cult of Classical Music and why England has never been the same since
300 + pages, Paperback, Author: Abigail J. Fox
The history of music is not neutral. It has been sculpted to promote a very specific agenda. If we accept that history without question, then we must embrace contemporary music because we have bought into a worldview and have become part of it. Music Mania exposes the invention and the enforcement of our current view of Classical Music and demonstrates how it has produced both modern music and a society that relies on music as once it trusted in God.
If you have ever asked, Why do they write music like they used to? then this book is for you.
If you have given up scratching your head about modern music but still can't understand where Popular Music came from, then this book is for you.
If you gave up writing music because your professors wanted you to write music you hated, then this book is for you.
You don't need to know much about music history, musical terminology, philosophy or religion. Examples from Classical music, Popular music, Avant-garde, Theatre, Music hall and Film.
From the back cover
Many Victorians disliked the music of J. S. Bach, Schubert, Brahms, Schumann and Berlioz. They didn't care if such music was clever; they favoured the melodies of Mendelssohn and harmonies of Mozart. When a new century dawned, England still preferred Arthur Sullivan to Arnold Schoenberg and Johann Strauss to Richard. They had even less interest in the innovations of Stravinsky, Bartok and Mahler.
By the end of the Second World War, a new order had been established. After 100 years of resistance, England had finally joined the music cult. Music is now the religion of England. We believe in the power of music for good. We believe that music unites us. We believe that music has the power to change the world and that musicians are prophets of truth. We believe that music saves us and atones for the evil in the world.
"Music Mania" exposes and rejects these beliefs. Tracing the roots of the problem through the concert halls and cathedrals of Victorian England, until we arrive at last in the anarchic realm of modern music.
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This gallery shows some of the books used in the research and writing of Music Mania: How the Victorians joined the cult of Classical Music and why England has never been the same since. (Interior title pages are shown where the book is of an age to have a completely blank-board cover.) Click on an image for more information regarding author and publisher.
Given the wide spectrum of viewpoints in this library, it is obvious that the inclusion of a particular book is not intended as an endorsement. I regard some of them as toxic, some thought-provoking and others laughable. I have not written individual online reviews of these books, as Music Mania provides the platform for a more thorough (and useful) consideration of the views expressed. However, for those who are interested in a further reading list, I have provided a minimal comment on each title.
BEAUTY & JOY
The Christian Nature of Music
"Beauty & Joy: The Christian Nature of Music does not seek to redefine where we are today or to make the best of a bad situation. Due reference is made to the way things are today and to the way that music has been made in the past. But the book is about neither. It concerns the reformation of music. Reformation cannot take place in the mire to which music has been dragged by humanists. We must take music back into the sunlight and nurture it there." (p.5)
268 pages, Paperback, Author: Abigail J. Fox
Humanism has destroyed music.
We no longer have any idea what music is, what music does, or how music is written.
The reason is very simple: music is a Christian art. Cut music off from the Christian faith and what you have left is madness and confusion. Humanists tell us that music means everything and nothing. They say it provokes a spiritual response, without believing in God. Their compositions are devised through empty processes and leave many people asking, "Why don't they write them like they used to?"
The Church has been silent.
Christians say that music is a controversial and divisive subject and only causes arguments. But this does not stop Christians from playing, singing, making and enjoying music every day. The Church has surrendered music to humanism. This book takes it back.
The Christian Nature of Music challenges the status quo. It does not present a new philosophy or an alternative view. It is the truth.
Why does the nature of music matter?
What is music?
Why do we make music?
What does music say?
How do we communicate in music?
What is the effect of music?
Why is music moribund today?
How should we sing God's praises?
What is a musician?
Does the Christian nature of music matter?
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